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Why spend a fortune on perfume or cologne when you can make your own for cheap. Brand name perfume/cologne can cost from $50-100, why spend that much when you can create your own fragrance with vodka and essential oils.

Instead of wearing a fragrance that everyone else wears you can make your own unique blend. Your own aromatic creations also makes a thoughtful gift.

Step 1: What you need:

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  • Vodka (the higher percentage alcohol the better) or Everclear if you can get it
  • Essential oils*, fragrance oils**, infused oils, even flavour*** extracts (make sure it's pure) such as vanilla extract
  • distilled or spring water
  • glycerine (this can be found in pharmacies)

Other stuff

  • pretty glass bottles to put the finished product in, preferably coloured glass, reuse bottles or find them at the dollar store.
  • glass jar for mixing fragrance in
  • measuring cup/spoons
  • a dropper if you have one
  • funnel
  • aluminum foil or wrapping paper if you are using clear glass bottles
  • a pencil and paper for jotting down your recipe
  • a discerning nose is helpful

*You can also make your own perfume oil Be a Romantic Scientist: Distill your own perfume oil.

**Fragrance oils are synthetic and are less expensive than essential oils.

***Quite a few perfumes use food flavours in them, so extracts are an easy way of incorporating them into your own creations.

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kunalnc1714 hours ago

my sister wanted to make it so she was asking that can see use lemon grass

ChrysN (author)  kunalnc178 minutes ago

Sure you can use lemongrass.

samwisdom12 days ago
please i need a guildline on how to produce Perfume
ChrysN (author)  samwisdom12 days ago

The instructions are above.

deljen4 days ago

Hi, First I would like to say thank you for posting this easy to understand tutorial along with your images! I understand the over all concept of the Base, Middle, and High Notes (there overall jobs so to speak) where I get confused is what fragrances oils go into what categories? Are there oils that are constant that make up your Base Notes etc.? My next question is if you prefer a certain scent, how do you make it show without overwhelming your perfume with it?

ChrysN (author)  deljen4 days ago

Here is a link to an image describing how fragrance families fit into notes, they use the term head instead of top and heart instead of middle.(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QdJkJpFxwPI/T7Dd-MInMAI/AAAAAAAAHxQ/MSuj1jyiAn4/s1600/pyramide_parfum.gif).Your second question may depend on whether it is a top, middle or base note, you can use the other scents to modify or blend to keep it from being overwhelming but still be present, use complimentary scents.

CarlaW510 days ago

Can you use plastic spray bottles to make perfume. I am going to use propylene glycol is there a reason i have to use glass bottles.

ChrysN (author)  CarlaW510 days ago

Plastic can absorb the essential oils, glass won't. If you want you can mix and age the perfume in a glass container and transfer it to the plastic spray bottle when it is ready.

lavenueco1 month ago

Can someone tell me why you have to use vodka for perfume making? I've seen another way of making it without alcohol, but I want to know the benefits of using it or the differences before making my decision. Thank you :)

ChrysN (author)  lavenueco1 month ago

The alcohol is the vehical to carry the scent, once you apply the perfume the alcohol evaporates quickly and you are left with just the scent. So it is dry and ther is no residue.

it is a big help for me to know this thing..

bambi.blayse3 months ago

I have another question, is the carrier oil mandatory? (I am using a perfumers alcohol) Thank you

ChrysN (author)  bambi.blayse3 months ago

No need for carrier oil. Just drop the essential oils into the perfumers alcohol.

bambi.blayse6 months ago

Hello I am working on my perfume and everything is looking good, until I add the distilled water. Nothing is mixing, what is the purpose of the distilled water? and must I use it? Thanks in advance

ChrysN (author)  bambi.blayse5 months ago

The water dilutes the perfume so it isn't so strong, you can leave it out if you want.

Thanks a bunch.
MichaelE173 months ago
jayda213 months ago

I have question do you have to all the ingredients ?

ChrysN (author)  jayda213 months ago

Which ingredient s are you missing?

Is there a ratio I should use for determining top notes, middle notes, and base notes? How much essential oil should I put in for each?

ChrysN (author)  lucie.macaulay.94 months ago

You usually need less base notes and more higher notes since the base
notes tend to be stronger (14 drops top notes, 7 mid note and 4 base
notes as a rough guide).

Geny4 months ago
Want to do it and sell
Geny4 months ago
Want to do it and sell
fgribbon7 months ago

Does anybody know of a good place to get the dark colored bottles for this? I've looked and looked and I can't find them anywhere! :(

Hobby Lobby has some nice colored glass bottles, that's where I got mine.

ChrysN (author)  fgribbon7 months ago
fgribbon ChrysN7 months ago

Thanks, but I was thinking more of a brick and mortar store? Tried Micheals and got the clear ones, but saw nothing of the dark colored ones. Saw a bunch of lightly colored ones too, but I didn't think those would cut it?

Another question I had was about the emulsifying process. Will it come out clear with no oil beads or is it meant to be cloudy? Thanks for the help! :)

ChrysN (author)  fgribbon7 months ago

Yes, it will be a bit cloudy as the oil and alcohol don't mix. You can remove the oil by running it through a paper coffee filter, but only after the perfume is aged. Once it is aged the scents should be absorbed into to alcohol.

fgribbon ChrysN7 months ago

Oh awesome! :D Thanks for all your help! <3

lourenjovito6 months ago

I remember my teacher told me “Do not put something on your skin you cannot eat”. Most of perfume making procedures i see use synthetic. Gotta try making scents in a natural way..

lrazonandreas7 months ago

You could try a spray-on texture or even a fun spray paint on your bottles. If just looking for a protective sun/light block for your creations, you could even just brush on a dark acrylic paint. I hope this works for you! I know Wal-mart or Michaels have a pretty good selection on surface variations as far as other than basic spray paint. Glitter, rubberized or even the stuff you would apply to refinish a bbq! Have fun! :p

AdamS207 months ago

You can also make a custom perfume online at http://wwwthegreatestsmellever.com
You pick the scents, name the perfume, and can even upload a picture for the label.

I live in the Amazon region and am mounting fairly substantial equipment to steam (and hydro) distil essential oils from local plants, leaves, saps, fruits and nut-like fruits, but NOT woods (no destruction, no rosewood in extiction please, Death to Chanel no 5 and other perfumes that use this ingredient).

I have worked up a network of local people who collect or plant the respective inputs and thus have available supplies of ingredients to go into production with perfumes based, initially, on around 10 local essential oils.

I need help to formulate perfumes based upon such oils and others if need be to complete the perfume blend, but based principally on the marketing plus of being natural AMAZON sourced ingredients. A major plus I think you will agree as this region is a TREASURE HOUSE of innovative ingredients.

Would anyone like to participate in this effort with me?

Let me know, I am extremely creative when it comes to development.

I would like to participate in this effort with you. In what area would you like my assistance?

gentlejms1 year ago
thanks for your work, I want to start a perfume making business, but I need your advice in packaging.
I could help you with the packaging. If you are interested, shoot me a message.
jeremiah7 braimb11 months ago

I am going to need some assistance in this area in the future. How do I get in touch with you. Can I get your email address?

ChrysN (author)  gentlejms1 year ago
I don't know if I can answer your questions, I just make perfume for personal use. The only advice I can give is that the perfume keeps best in a tinted glass container.

you just did me my work!!!

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